Funding Opportunities

As we all know finding and securing funding can be a daunting task. However there are some resources available to help you put together a successful application.

The Faculty of Medicine Research Office's 2008 Grant Writing Workshop provided  very interesting and inspiring presentations on how to put together a successful grant application. For those of you who were unable to attend - the talks will be posted as videos on the Faculty of Medicine Research Office website (   

Call for Applications
Matching Grants for Post Doctoral Fellowships
Sponsored in part by the Ministry of Research and 
InnovationDeadline: 15 April 2009


In the 2006 Budget, the Province announced a new Post Doctoral Fellowship Program. The Ministry of Research and Innovation released further information on this new matching program, the purpose of which is to recruit and retain outstanding young scientists to spend two years as PDFs in Ontario research institutions and to support them through a provincial network. A number of awards are allocated to each Ontario university. The allocation to the University of Toronto is 14 Fellowships. Each institution is responsible for selecting and appointing its PDFs through an annual competitive process that is consistent with MRI program guidelines (attached). At the UofT, the competition is an open call for applications in the following key priority sectors:
􀂃 environmental science and technologies
􀂃 health and related technologies
􀂃 digital media and information and communication technologies.
(The economic, social and cultural aspects of the above categories are eligible) The PDF awards are two year awards valued at least $50,000/annually, of which MRI will provide $25,000. Eligible expenses are limited to salary, benefits and a research allowance of up to $5,000/year. Matching funding can come from any source (excluding other provincial funding), including research grants. Matching funds must be secured at the time of the PDF application.
Individuals interested in applying for one of these Fellowships should submit the following documentation by no later than April 15th to the Institutional Initiatives Office, McMurrich Building, 3rd Floor, 12 Queen's Park Crescent West, attention Elaine Footman:
1. a curriculum vitae of the post doctoral fellow;
2. an Ontario PDF Application Form (attached), duly completed and signed;
3. a lay summary of no more than 500 words describing the research activity to be undertaken;
4. a letter from the proposed faculty supervisor in support of the candidate, detailing the source and
secured status of the required matching funding.
All applications received by the deadline will be adjudicated by a committee established by the Vice-
President, Research in accordance with the program guidelines. This is a highly competitive program with
over 100 applications received last year for 15 awards. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Applicants and their supervisors will be notified of the outcome of the competition in early June.
Fellowships must begin on or before 31 December 2009.
To be considered eligible to apply to the Institution, as of the deadline date of the year in which they apply, PDF
applicants must:
a. Have completed or received a PhD degree in any discipline or a health professional degree (or equivalent)
no more than two years before the intended application deadline; or
b. Be expected to complete their PhD degree in any discipline or a health professional degree no later than
six months after taking up the PDF.
c. The health professional degree must be in a regulated health profession which requires at least a
Bachelor's degree to be eligible for licensing by that regulated health profession.
d. Date of degree completion is the date on which all requirements of the degree have been met.
e. If an applicant has at least six months of full-time relevant work experience in industry or government
after receiving the doctorate, the eligibility period is extended to three years.
f. If an applicant has withdrawn from the workforce and active research for maternity or paternity leave or
to raise a child for at least one year after receiving a doctorate, the eligibility period is extended to six
g. Applicants must hold the PDF at the Ontario university through which they made their application.
h. Applicants must be eligible to hold a PDF in Canada.

Please contact Elaine Footman ( ; 946-0447) if you have any questions.